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Substitute for Nuts in Cake Recipe

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poifan Jun 16, 2005 02:01 PM

I'll be making my Dad his favorite sour cream pound cake for Father's Day, but it calls for 1 cup nuts and he can no longer eat nuts. Any suggestions on what a good substitute would be??

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    Carb Lover Jun 16, 2005 05:08 PM

    I like the dried fruit suggestions, so perhaps choose a dried fruit that your father really likes. I think dried berries would lend themselves well to a sour cream cake and would look pretty and summery.

    Of course, you could go tropical and use bits of dried mango, pineapple, or papaya w/ some shredded coconut (if that's allowed). I would personally be into something like bits of candied ginger and dried apricot.

    Not sure if your recipe calls for dusting the nuts in a little flour so they don't sink to the bottom while baking, but I've seen recipes call for doing this w/ dried fruit. Good luck. I'm making my FIL a cherry and nectarine pie, unless I change my mind again.

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      Candy Jun 16, 2005 05:05 PM

      If you use dried fruits you might considering marinating and plumping them in a complimentary fruit liqueur or brandy or rum and then draining before foldiing into the cake.

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        megan Jun 16, 2005 03:40 PM

        chopped dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries?

        maybe just some orange zest or candied orange peel? maybe a citrus or jam glaze?

        some cinnamon crumbly topping (a la coffee cake)

        how about make it plain and add macerated strawberries or raspberries with creme fraiche or whipped cream?

        maybe a little gran marnier?

        nmmmmmm... let us know what you decided and how it turned out.

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          Blackbird Jun 16, 2005 03:31 PM

          dried, chopped apricots
          yellow raisins

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            Candy Jun 16, 2005 02:37 PM

            really good chocolate chips or Scharffen Berger Chocolate Nibs

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